Maryland State Childcare Association Passion for Excellence Grant

Are you passionate about working with young children? Do you strive for excellence for children and for yourself as a teacher, provider, or program? Let MSCCA help you fuel your passion and achieve the best quality of care for our children.

MSCCA recognizes that every community, program, and person needs something different to be successful. Maybe your program needs equipment to achieve a higher level in EXCELS? Maybe you or one of your staff need Professional Development? MSCCA may be able to help you fulfill your needs.

The MSCCA Passion for Excellence Grant is a direct service award. If you are awarded the grant, MSCCA will pay for the service or products requested directly by the company supplying said services or goods. We do not make monetary awards directly to applicants. Please read and follow the application guidelines below and submit your request by the deadline indicated. If you have questions, please refer to the FAQ section, or contact Christina Peusch at 410-820-9196 or [email protected].

Grant applicants must be current members at the state level of the Maryland State Childcare Association. The application deadline is March 15, 2024. MSCCA prefers applications to be submitted electronically through the Passion for Excellence portal below. In 2024, MSCCA will still accept paper applications, if necessary. Paper applications must be submitted with all required documentation and postmarked via certified mail only by March 15, 2024. Applicants must choose one form of grant submission. Please see the FAQs for more information. For the 2025 Passion for Excellence grant, only electronic submissions will be accepted, paper submissions will be phased out for the 2024-2025 grant cycle. If you are awarded the grant, all successful grantees must sign a grant agreement regarding the use of funds and required reporting before distribution of the funds can take place.

Awardees are asked to submit testimonials and/or photographs about their awards for MSCCA’s future use. Funding for the Passion for Excellence grant comes solely from our advertising efforts at our conferences. Awardees are encouraged to pay it forward by donating a raffle prize or basket at a future MSCCA conference. Non-compliance with the terms of the grant may influence future application decisions.

The grant maximum is $5000.

Passion for Excellence Grant Form

Section I

Provisions of the grant: Childcare Center who receives grant funds must currently be members of the Maryland State Childcare Association. Individuals applying must work in a childcare center which is a member of MSCCA or must be an Individual Member according to MSCCA application requirements and bylaws. (i.e., Registered Family Childcare) Applicants who receive grant funds must comply with grant application requests to include completing classes or training in full and receive a passing grade or certificate of completion. Applicants who receive grant funds must remain a professional in the childcare field for a minimum of 2 years after the grant is dispersed. The grant is limited to $5000.00 per award.

Section II

    1. The Organization information is the information about your program.
    2. Please designate one person as a Contact Person.
    3. You only need to list an Additional Contact person, if applicable.
    4. Description of Community Served: please tell us how many children your program serves. Geographic information should describe your setting. For example, is your program in a shopping center, industrial park, inside another business like a hospital, a standalone building, etc. Demographic information should describe the socioeconomic status of your families. For example: what percentage of your families are receiving Childcare Scholarship.
Type of MSCCA Membership:(Required)
Organization Address:(Required)
Contact Person:(Required)
Additional Contact:

Section III

1. What is your organization’s mission statement?
2. Tell us your biggest accomplishments in the past two years. This is your chance to brag about yourself. What challenges have you overcome? What have you done recently to improve your program and to increase the quality of care you provide for your families.

Section IV

1. Grant Request Overview: Please tell us in a few words what your request is? You will have the chance later in the application to be more detailed.
2. Amount requested: Please give us an accurate and complete amount. Don’t forget things like registration fees or shipping costs.
3. Purpose of the Grant Requested: Please be specific here about how the requested services or items are going to improve yourself or your program. For example: We are requesting science materials to meet MSDE accreditation standards.
4. The Grant will be used to: Here is where you can list, specifically, the services or items you are asking for. In section V, you will be asked to upload or send detailed information like an invoice.
5. The Grant will strengthen the ECE community: Please let us know how your requested service or items will strengthen the ECE community.
Please enter a number from 0 to 5000.

Section V

1. Upload or send your MSCCA Membership Certificate. If applying between October-December 2023, you will send your 2023 membership. If applying between January –March 15th, you will send your 2024 membership. If you are a member in 2023 when you apply, but you do not renew your membership in 2024, your application will be excluded.
2. Certificates: Upload or send any certificates listed here. If you are requesting something for your program, please include your license and your MD EXCELS certificate. If you are requesting something for an individual, like training, please upload or send the individual’s credential certificate.
3. Completed and signed IRS W9 Form: You can find this form at
4. Tell us about yourself and your program: in this section, we are looking to get to know you better. Please include at least 2 of the items listed. If your Program Handbook or Newsletter is available online - you may provide the link for it in lieu of a hard copy. If uploading or sending photographs, please be sure you have obtained the appropriate releases for them. Think about the items you use to market your program and introduce yourself to your new families. You may include other documentation as you see fit.
5. Complete information for the services or items requested: Since the MSCCA Passion for Excellence Grant is a direct service grant, we need to know exactly how to order the items or register the individual. Please be thorough.
Supporting Documentation: Please attach the following documentation/information required BELOW with your application and submit by March 15, 2024 to MSCCA Grant Committee. For 2024, MSCCA is requiring grant applications to be submitted electronically through the Grant portal OR mailed via certified mail to: MSCCA Grant at 1783 Forest Drive # 314 Annapolis, MD 21401
Max. file size: 100 MB.
Max. file size: 100 MB.
- Program License, Registration, or LOC
- Maryland Childcare Credential (if applying for an individual)
- CDA (if applying for an individual)
- Please include any other certificates you think may be relevant
Max. file size: 100 MB.
Max. file size: 100 MB.
- Program Brochure
- Program Handbook
- Current Program Newsletter
- 3 to 5 Photographs of the Program
- Resume (if applying for an individual)
Max. file size: 100 MB.
If you are requesting Professional Development, please provide contact information for the college, university, or training company. Please also provide course information and cost. If applicable, please provide proof of acceptance into higher education or training program.
If you are requesting equipment or supplies, please provide company information, item numbers and cost (including shipping costs). If applicable, please provide contact information for a sales representative.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What kind of things can I request?

You can request anything you need that will improve yourself or your program to provide high quality care for your students. MSCCA will not award grant funds to be used towards daily operating expenses such as snack food, utilities, yard work, rent or salaries.

Can I fill out the application online and email the supporting documentation?

No. Applications will be accepted through the online portal OR via certified mail. Please choose one of the methods and submit your COMPLETE application.

Will the grant cover capital expenses?

The grant does not pay for capital expenses as we would not have funds for large expansion projects etc.

Can members of the regional chapters of MSCCA apply for the PFE Grant?

Yes, but only if you are also a current member of MSCCA at the state level. If you are a chapter member and have not joined MSCCA at the state level yet, please complete your membership application before submitting a PFE Grant application. Not sure if you are a member of the MSCCA at the state level? Please contact us at [email protected].

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